The past year has mostly been an experiment, attempting to sustain a book blog that people would find interesting to drop in on once in a while. After a year, I have much respect for those who do it much better than I.
I did reach my goal of reading a book a week, with possibly one more finishing up before the New Year begins. Unfortunately, my goal of writing a full length review of each book was a bigger task than I imagined. As of today, I have posted 16 online reviews, with a handful of traditional print reviews coming out in the next few months. I think the major takeaway is that in order for me to post more often I need to adjust how I write about books online. In 2015 I’m going to tinker with this form and see what happens, which I suspect will be more casual and focused, while hopefully more engaging. I will still engage in the full standard review, because I feel it is an art that needs to be practiced and persevered, but I wonder if people, other than other writers, actually read them or not. I’m not sure.
In 2014 I created my own little challenge called the 5 X 5. Mostly as a way to broaden my reading while focusing on a few areas I felt I needed catching up on. I’m glad to report I did fulfill my challenge, though at times I found myself reading a few books out of brute determination. But I did read some amazing works that I probably would not have read otherwise. I’m playing around with a few ideas for a 2015 challenge, but not sure what I plan to do as of yet.
52 books read. That is more books I’ve ever read in an entire year. I’m amazed people can do that year after year. But if there was only one goal I had this year that was it, and it sure feels so satisfying to have completed it. I read a bit of crap, a lot of average works, and some really stunning works of writing and storytelling that have permanently affected me. Not sure if I’ll get through 52 books in 2015, I don’t think I’m going to obligate myself to another numerical goal, but I have other ideas in mind.